Jacob Nature Reserve, named after a former borough mayor, was officially opened
in 1996, having been created from a series of derelict sewage sludge lagoons.
Under Royal Borough care the reserve rapidly developed into a haven for wildlife
and was designated a Local Nature Reserve in 1999. The reserve runs alongside
the Colne Brook and includes areas of reedbed, woodland and meadows as well as
tree and shrub planting. The addition of this area of woodland will complement
the reserve by offering a larger area and additional interest for visitors,
allowing the creation of the circular route and contributing to local
biodiversity by providing additional habitats for wildlife.
I first saw information that Arthur Jacobs Nature Reserve goes on sale, I wrote
to the Thames Water Chief Executive, Mr. David Owens asking him to remove the
land from auction! I then had a meeting with David Oram, the deputy Chief
Executive of the RBWM Council and the Leader of the Council, Cllr David Burbage
to see if the Borough could purchase the land for the residents of Horton and
Wraysbury. Much to my surprise they said yes!
have been in the council for only 4 years now and I was very pleased to see that
when the council needs to do something in a hurry it does happen! I would also
thank all the residents from Horton and Wraysbury who offered their help,
support and even money to buy the land especially Debbie Keen and Fr Simon
Douglas Lane. I think the sale has now been completed. The hard work now begins
as we have to maintain the site and keep it open to public use and free from
vandalism, fly tipping, and illegal occupation.
both villages must work together to protect this lovely woodland that brings us
so much pleasure. It is also true that these trees absorb hundreds of tonnes of
carbon monoxide each and produce even more oxygen!
you to the RBWM for buying this land!